Two days to go. You're down 11 points according to the recent poll and more according to other published polls. What's a woman to do?
That's ultimately the question that Desiree Charbonnet needs to ask as she decides how to approach the last hours of a long New Orleans Mayor's campaign.
The voters of New Orleans will be electing a new Mayor in just a few days and there is almost complete apathy throughout the city. The voter turnout in the primary election was barely 30% and it will be approximately the same for the runoff on Saturday.
Another poll evaluating the New Orleans Mayor's race shows that LaToya Cantrell is leading Desiree Charbonnet, however, this one by eleven points. Last week, a different poll, that one by the Democratic Education Reform, indicated that Cantrell was ahead by 18 points. The election is now less than five days away.
Today is one of those moments in which you feel a strong sense of accomplishment, even when simply observing.
New Orleans, has made strong advances in the area of technology over the years. This is largely due to numerous companies taking advantage of the Digital Media Tax Credits to help tech-based enterprises grow their respective businesses. At the beginning of this decade, GE Capitol opened up a large headquarters in the city which put a large skin on the wall to promote. Today, the city and the State of Louisiana announced they landed a really big one, DXC Technology, a multi-billion international enterprise that is one of the largest companies in the world.
Now, for a New Orleans Mayor’s Race wrap:
LaToya Cantrell has become the money machine, not so, Desiree Charbonnet. The Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, who already supported Desiree Charbonnet has injected itself into the race again, calling for Cantrell’s resignation, which prompted her quick rebuke. Also, a date has been set for the WWL TV forum, two days from election day.
The old famous adage, “money is the mother’s milk of politics” might be also said, “milking a scandal is the "mother" of all political campaign tactics”.
No doubt, the Desiree Charbonnet campaign is in "udder" "spread the Latoya Cantrell credit card controversy mode. Just how much mileage and bad press it can get from it before New Orleans Mayor's Race election day, is a topic for serious discussion. Or, better said--will voters leave home and vote for Cantrell, without it (being top of mind)?
Surprised? Indeed. Well, how about, somewhat shocked!
This morning, I discovered that LaToya Cantrell is ahead of Desiree Charbonnet by a whopping 18 points, according to a research firm LJR Custom Strategies on behalf of the local branch of a national education reform organization, Democrats for Education Reform.
While the New Orleans Mayor's race has focused on personality flaws, corruption, one of the issues that has really yet to surface in the public debate is "gentrification".
The Desiree Charbonnet for Mayor of New Orleans campaign has just shot another city credit card broadside to the LaToya Cantrell for Mayor campaign today with a press release, claiming that the Councilwoman Cantrell has "even more questions to answer" today as it claims "a large number of specific violations".
Has the political issue of the moment in the New Orleans Mayor’s race moved from the attacks against Desiree Charbonnet to those now against LaToya Cantrell?
Up until last week, before the New Orleans credit card reimbursement became a story, Charbonnet was the clear underdog, down by nine points from the primary election. However, since the story went public, much, if not most of the conversation has centered upon Cantrell and not Charbonnet, and much of it is negative.